By Channing Gray You don't have to be Italian to celebrate Columbus Day. Rhode Islanders of all stripes will be saluting the founder of America with parades, food, fireworks and fun times this weekend. Events are scheduled across the state, from Westerly to Woonsocket, where the annual Autumnfest runs from Saturday through Monday, culminating wit...

The term “Little Italy” can evoke images of busy streets lined with gimmicky, tourist-filled restaurants, complete with menu-pushing waiters outside the front door and Italian flags waving wherever possible. Throw in a paper placemat that doubles as a map of the boot-shaped country (featuring multiple comical misspellings) and you know the types of...

Although today it is one of the city's best-known neighborhoods, and a major tourist attraction, famous for its many popular restaurants, Federal Hill was used mainly for grazing cattle until the 1820s. But beginning in the mid-1800s, as "Providence grew beyond the area of Colonial settlement," Federal Hill "became home for many of Providence's ar...

You don't have to be Italian to celebrate Columbus Day. Parades and festivals are being held from Westerly to Woonsocket, and everyone's invited. Providence's Federal Hill, the city's Italian stronghold, kicks off its annual Columbus Day Festival on Saturday, Oct. 11, at noon in DePasquale Square, with the popular Columbus Day parade stepping off...

As immigrants from the different regions of Italy settled throughout the various regions of the United States, many brought with them a distinct regional Italian culinary tradition. Many of these foods and recipes developed into new favorites for the townspeople and later for Americans nationwide.   No one has contributed more foods to the A...

Italians in Rhode Island have a long history to be told. The smallest State of the Union welcomed several fellow Italians: most of them arrived to Providence's Little Italy, Federal Hill (also called "the heartbeat of Providence"). In particular, the jewelry and silverware industry in Providence attracted Italian immigrants to Rhode Island at the t...

Diana Franchitto, president and CEO of Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island (HHCRI), was recently honored by the Rhode Island Region of the National Organization of Italian American Women as one of its 2015 Three Wise Women. The award is given annually to three of Rhode Island’s most accomplished women of Italian descent.   President and...

Rhode Island's Irish may have a lock on March, but October belongs to the state's Italians. And they know how to celebrate, with Columbus Day parades and festivals taking place from Westerly to Woonsocket. Providence's Federal Hill, the city's Italian stronghold, closes off much of Atwells Avenue beginning Saturday for three days of food, entertai...

On St. Patrick's Day, everybody is Irish, but the other 364 days a year, only 17.9 percent of Rhode Islanders claim Irish ancestry, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures.   That makes the sons and daughters of Erin the second most numerous ethnic group following Italians, who count 18.4 percent of the Rhode Island population among their ex...

The Italian American Historical Society of Rhode Island (IAHS) will award scholarships to students of Italian American descent who demonstrate high potential and who intend on furthering their education full time at a U.S. college or university.   To determine the winners, a scholarship lottery drawing will be utilized for applicants meeting...